WSBK » WSBK Rider of the Year vote: 3rd

You vote Marco Melandri third in's WSBK Rider of the Year poll.

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December 13, 2011 1:22 PM

well im guessing its laverty p2 and checa p1, that was my top 3 with melandri in p3.
I think sykes is way to high, he should be back end of top 10 at best(even tho i like him/rate him), i think his quali form skewed his rating, rea is to high also, he oonly came good after ten karte where allowed to put that ride by wire system on, he was nowhere b4 then.
And biagi is to low mostly because no one can stand him including me, although i still wouldnt have him in my top 5 based on results considering he's on the best bike.

Moms apple pie. - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 3:30 PM

@Gazza,the Ten Kate bike was the only 4 cyl bike without fly by wire and it was only in use for engine breaking,NOT acceleration,the yamahas have had FBW and MotoGp spec traction control since '09-so are they placed too high also?

bruno boo - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 3:51 PM

My top 10 WSBK riders:

1-Checa 2-Laverty 3-Melandr0 4-Biaggi 5-Haslam 6-Rea 7-Sykes 8-Guintoli 9-Haga 10-Lascorz.

Sykes is way too high in the poll, but had a good year after all, Checa is unbeaten at 1 and Biaggi had a nice year, but i expect more from the actual champ on the best bike. Haslam is no more than the usual,good races mixed with bad races, Guintoli made impressive podium appearances and had a strong season finale, Laverty and Melandri the best riders after Checa and Haga fighting with no weapons at PATA, Rea strong as usual but out of the most part of the season, Lascorz consistently scored some points on just a regular bike.

jimbob - Unregistered

December 13, 2011 4:18 PM

The Ten Kate bikes had fly by wire for the last part of the season, the Kawasaki's never had it at all, although it was fitted for the recent test where Sykes only "now" fully factory supported smoked the lap record (on race tyres not qualifying tyres) and for the first time since his Suzuki days was as fast at the end of the test (20 odd laps)as at the begining just 0.2 slower than Stoner's best. That to me just shows how important it is to have the right people around the rider
As for the poll it looks just about right to me and even the lowest placed is 100 times better than any of us mere mortals.


December 13, 2011 4:48 PM

the aprillia the best bike?? how come no one else has won or come close to winning a race on it besides Biaggi? he makes it look good.... you people make me want to vommit...the same rubbish over and over....bbbbbaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrfffffff


December 13, 2011 7:35 PM

Laverty did a great job for a rookie and is a future champ in my opinion but to say he is rated higher than Melandri does not compute or sit well with me. Aside from a few times, Eugene was out shoned by hi team mate (but this was expected) because of his MGP experience so there is no shame in this. Eugene just needed more experience. His double was excellent. I also think Biaggi should be ahead of Laverty and maybe Marco (although we expected more from the reigning champ in 2011). Fact is if Biaggi was not injured, I do not think Marco would have beat him and Eugene would not be close. Yes, i agree this is all subjective and there is no concrete stats to prove position except the points system and if we went by that Biaggi and Marco would have displaced Eugene as well...
Anyway, interesting and Marco deserved the high placing based on his performance.


December 14, 2011 7:06 AM

@ Jimbob

Nice post. You're dead right about the ride by wire. And Rea is a good example of how much of a difference the ride by wire makes. Tom's times at their last test was something amazing to see, and his times were consistent too. I've been a Kawasaki fan since my first bike, supported them through their tough times, and they're now coming good with a gr8 bike. Sykes can be proud of that too as he's done a large majority of the development work. Also a huge 66 fan and I stand by the fact that this was a development year, we'll see their true potential in 2012.

@ WsbkIsTheReal

I don't get why you're telling Jimbob they'll have rbw in 2012, I'm sure we'd all assumed that as soon as we saw them testing it...

Marco Melandri is an asset to this series, and Laverty too, showing you don't have to be a MotoGP rider to be up front.

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